Lake District Attractions
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Featuring the best attractions in the Lake District and Cumbria including public transport connections between them

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Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway The Lake District and Cumbria are home to some of the best scenery and visitor attractions in the country. This website describes all the best attractions within the area and how to reach them via bus, train and boat services.

There are millions of visitors to the area every year and although many have their own transport, many others rely on public transport services to get around. If you donít have a car or just want to leave it behind for the day, why not utilise the excellent public transport network across the area, sit back and enjoy the journey to local attractions.

It is often difficult to find current public transport information with outdated timetables and incorrect service listings. This website aims to provide all the information you need to visit local attractions by public transport and there will be regular updates including significant changes.

If you do have your own transport, why not try one of the fabulous drives described in our sister website Lake District Drives.



Attractions by area

Castlerigg Stone Circle
The best attractions within the Lake District National Park are grouped by area. Those outside the Lakes but within Cumbria are grouped separately. Attractions have a brief description, photograph and link to website where available. Facilities at each attraction are included such as shops, cafes, toilets and any admission charges. Attractions include; local towns and villages, historic buildings, National Trust and English Heritage properties, picnic sites, viewpoints, lake or river access areas.

Each attraction details the public transport services that stop nearby (within 1 mile) and also where the stop is in relation to the attraction. The modes of public transport included are bus, train and boat. Each transport mode has a link for further details of each service, including timetable, approximate route and other attractions visited on route.


North West Lakes North East Lakes North Cumbria
beyond the Lakes
South West Lakes South East Lakes South Cumbria
beyond the Lakes




Attractions by bus

599 bus, Windermere
The bus network in the Lake District and Cumbria provides the most comprehensive method for travel across the area. Out of season there is a basic service which still visits many attractions on a regular basis. Further services cover the period Easter to November with additional buses and services over the summer period. Many service routes are designed to maximise the scenery and the local attractions. Routes such as the 'Borrowdale Rambler' or the 'Coniston Rambler' will take you through wonderful scenery and to some fantastic attractions.

All bus services that pass near Lake District attractions are included. Bus services that operate in Cumbria but wholly outside the National Park are not included. For all included services, there are details of attractions visited, which days they operate, frequency, approximate routes plus any other useful information, for example if the bus is open top or takes bikes. A link to current timetables is also given.







Attractions by train

Kent viaduct, Furness line
There are only a few train services within the Lake District National Park but there are plenty to surrounding towns which have their own attractions and accommodation or you can connect with the bus network for your onward journey into the Lakes.

Windermere station at the end of the Lakes line is as close as you can get to the central Lakes by train. The west coast main line runs south to north stopping at Oxenholme Lake District, Penrith and Carlisle. The Cumbrian coastal line enjoys some spectacular scenery as it follows the coast from Lancaster to Carlisle. Other rail lines to Cumbria include the Settle to Carlisle line and the Newcastle to Carlisle line. As well as the national network trains, there are two popular tourist railways at Lakeside & Haverthwaite and Ravenglass & Eskdale.

Details of each railway line and its main stations are given along with links to timetables, towns and attractions visited.







Attractions by boat

'Teal' Windermere
There are public boat services on four of the main Lake District lakes; Windermere, Derwent Water, Ullswater and Coniston Water. They all provide wonderful scenic boat cruises, often used for pleasure but most also connect with buses or trains allowing onward travel across the area.

There are descriptions of each lake, the various cruises on offer and where they stop along the way. Where the stop is near a town or attraction, a link is included for further details. Many cruises operate throughout the year and there are links for current timetables and further information.






Attractions map





Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway This website has been produced by Martin Wilson, a local lad with a passion for exploring the Lake District. A great deal of time and effort has been spent researching the information given.

Public transport timetables and attraction opening times change frequently and can be subject to temporary unforeseen changes.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, the author accepts no liability for any errors which may occur.

If you have any questions or comments please email martin@lakedistrictonboard.com

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